|Sandy MacGregor||Mike Moran||Jon Hisey||Jeff Tritton|
In 1969 four men including Walt Andres met at Fairview Mennonite Brethren Church in St Catharines Ontario and embarked on a journey only a creative and soveriegn God could imagine. Just a few months after the journey began, a young Mike Moran joined the group after being part of the Hisey Brothers quartet. Many faces have been part of the Torchmen over the years, with Sandy, Jeff and Jon being part of the lineup at different times. Each of these men have many years of experience behind them, and are looking forward to new experiences God has planned for them.
Born and raised in Kitchener Ontario, Sandy has been married to his lovely wife Heidi for 35 years, they have two children. Their oldest, Tim, and his wife Allison pastor a church in NFLD, and their youngest Christine and her husband Jason pastor a church in Mississippi. Sandy and Heidi have four grandchildren, Robbie, Ethan, Pearl, and Cade.
At the age of 17, after a few years of turmoil as a youth and experiencing a broken family, Sandy rededicated his life to Christ influenced by his Godly mother. He began singing southern gospel music at age 17 first joining "The Watchmen Quartet". At age 22 his music ministry continued with "The Chapelaires" a country gospel mixed quartet, where he sang lead for 4 years. Sandy also sang baritone for both "The Chrystalaires" and "The Royal City Quartet". He sang lead for "The singing Canadians" for two years. Sandy also sang with both his son and daughter in a Christian outreach band called "Damascus" which he formed, sang lead and wrote many of the songs. Sandy is probably best known for singing with "The Torchmen Quartet" where he sang lead in the 1980's for 3 years and then tenor in the 1990's for 4 years and now has been singing tenor since 2006. Sandy's tenor voice has been compared to "Rosie Rozell" of "The Statesmen Quartet".
In their spare time, Sandy and Heidi spend time on their boat or travelling to NFLD and Mississippi visiting their grandchildren.
Mike was born in Cambridge Ontario, or as he remembers, Hespeler Ontario and joined the Torchmen back when it began. He and his wife Roberta now live in St Catharines where they raised three children who are now grown with families of their own.
Mike, who was an accomplished water skier in his youth, started out singing "rock and roll" as a teenager, but when he found the Lord he traded his "doo-waps" for praises, singing with many groups before joining the Torchmen. For many years he hosted "Gospel North" a radio program in the Niagara region playing both current and "Golden Oldies" of southern gospel music. The CGMA showed their appreciation to Mike when he was awarded a "Lifetime Achievement" award.
Now that the children have left the nest, Mike and Roberta enjoy travelling. He used to enjoy finding new jokes, but gave that up a few years ago.
Jon has known, and been known by the Torchmen since they began back in the late sixties. Growing up in St Catharines litteraly around the corner from Mike Moran, it was not uncommon to have Mike at the house, whether he was singing with his dad, and uncles, or just getting notes on how to keep a car clean. Jon officially started singing with the Torchmen in 1983 just after his uncle John had left the group. Since then he has been a vital part of many recordings, and concert promotions.
Jon has been married to Joyce since 1989, and they have 2 daughters who are either in university or will be very shortly. Jon works for Yake Engineered Multimedia Systems designing, installing and servicing sound and video systems for churches all across Ontario. The owner of the company is Dave Yake of the Watchmen quartet, so there is often discussion about southern gospel music around the water cooler.
Jeff grew up in a family who loved music and who strived to do what God intended. His parents were a part of a family singing group called "The Brothers and Sisters". All through his formative years he travelled with family ministering across Ontario. At one point he even had a ventrioloquist dummy he named "Elfred" who assisted him in ministry to kids, and who now "fends off tresspassers"
Jeff's first experience with the Torchmen was back about 1992 when Mike called him on a Wednesday night, to see if he could sing on Friday night with 2 other guys he had never met before. Since then Jeff has been cautious when Mike calls, but it has lead to several great recordings such as "Payday is Coming", "Timeless", and "Here There or In The Air".
Jeff is married to Carol who, according to Jeff "is a rock, a solid person who shows me grace and strength" inspite of how crazy he gets. Jeff and Carol share 5 children, and are nana and papa to one granddaughter.